A lot has been going on in my life lately and I’ve been completely absent from this little corner of the internet I’ve created. In late January my grandfather died. He was sick and in the end it was what he wanted but it was still hard even though it wasn’t unexpected. He, his wife and his sister (my great aunt who is still kicking and will be forever) were the ones that taught me how to grow things and how to raise chickens. I don’t know if I’ll really come to terms with the loss until spring planting. I always have delayed grief like that.
If you’ve been on Pinterest lately you’ve undoubtedly seen at least one fairy garden tutorial. They’re usually put together in a cute tub or planter, with lots of little pieces. I didn’t realize how big the fairy garden thing was until I was wandering around Joann’s and found a whole aisle of fairy garden bits and pieces. I’m not a big fan of premade stuff, I like to make my own and the shiny plastic look just isn’t my thing. I wanted to add a few Garden Fairy Houses to my garden but I didn’t want to buy anything (or go anywhere) so I had to throw them together with what I had laying around.
Who doesn’t love mint? (The answer is my husband, it’s a fault we’re working on but no too hard because it means I can buy mint chip ice cream and not have to share…) Anyway, for the rest of us, I wanted to share the latest addition to my herb garden that I wasn’t supposed to start working on until 2017. I wanted to grow mint because it’s delicious, it smells amazing and there are a ton of varieties. BUT I wanted an herb garden not a mint garden. If you’ve ever grown anything in the mint family you understand exactly what I mean. That is how the Whiskey Barrel Mint Garden was born.
It’s officially spring. The bees are out in full force and we all know they need as much help as they can get. I haven’t seen any yet but the butterflies won’t be far behind. A few years ago I pounded a few pieces of electrical conduit into the ground in my front flower bed with the intention of turning them into either something for the birds or a Bee and Butterfly Waterer. You could easily make this into a platform bird feeder by filling it with birdseed but I decided to go with pretty gems and water. The glass gems make it pretty but also serve a practical purpose. They attract the bees & butterflies with their pretty colors and they give them somewhere to land so they don’t get stuck in the water and potentially drown. Like my ladybug vs bumble bee tic-tac-toe game this is an easy afternoon project that doesn’t require skill. [Read more…]
We had some friends over last night for a last minute Halloween/Birthday Party (my husbands birthday is Monday, he’ll be 33!). We threw together a pretty decent spread, but my camera went MIA so sadly no pictures of the set up. We served chilli (some of it was baked in pie pumpkins), corn bread and sausage bread.
I bought a pack of orange paper cups and a pack of googly eyes at the store and along with a hot glue gun and a sharpie I made these fun little guys:
Cute right? It took less than 20 minutes to do them all, there was a cyclops but that one went missing. After I ran out of cups I realized I hadn’t done a kitty, always next time right?
This is also great for smaller kids who might not recognize their names but will remember whether they had the pirate or spider cup.
You could also personalize them to match each child’s costume!